Grafton Thomas has suffered from mental illness for many years, according to his attorney.
“We all have to take into account the deep religious beliefs of the Neumann family as well, which we are certain Mr. Sussman is aware.”
Josef Neumann, who has been in a coma since the Dec. 28 attack, died on Sunday.
The alleged stabber, Grafton Thomas, 37, has pleaded not guilty to 10 federal hate crimes charges along with six counts of attempted murder.
Josef Neumann, 72, has been on a respirator since the Dec. 28 attack during a Hanukkah party at a rabbi’s home.
Grafton Thomas, who faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison if convicted, is also facing federal hate crimes charges.
“All types of hatred against any race, religion, orientation, anything else that anybody can think of, just has to stop.”
“I have to live in the legal world, not in the speculative world that others live in.”
His mother also said she tried to get him mental health help, but armed police came and threatened him instead.
A statement from the family of Josef Neumann, 71, called on Jews around the world to share their own experiences with anti-Semitism on social med